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Black, Grey and Blue

© estate of William Scott 2014. Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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Although many of William Scott’s paintings were still lifes, this work is from a period when all recognisable forms had disappeared into pure abstraction. His concern, however, was still ‘the division of spaces and forms; these must be made to move and be animated like living matter’. He was also interested in the texture of paint – thin, thick, scratched – and disliked a smooth finish. There is a subtle ambiguity of space and depth and the shapes seem to float upon the canvas.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    168 x 198.7 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased by the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery through the Dyer Bequest Fund, 1961, and given by them, 1978


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